Book Reviews

Posts mostly about swing era novels, modern novels set in the era, biographies and how-to books. If you have a book you’d like The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress to review please contact her at: http://www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com/about-tam-francis/contact-tam/

May 082017
 
Tiki Party Fun with New Cocktail Recipe Book: The Mai Tai Manifesto

First, I’ve had the extreme good fortune to be allowed a sneak peek at the new Mai Tai Manifesto recipe book from Tiki Torches band members J. Edward Preisman (writer) and R. Hamilton (illustrator). Second, I had recently seen and heard them play at my first Texas Tiki Round-up and was instantly smitten with their […more…]

Threadbare: The Traveling Show: Vintage Book Review

 Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:43 PM
Mar 212017
 
Threadbare: The Traveling Show: Vintage Book Review

Threadbare: The Traveling Show by Tam Francis The Synopsis Threadbare: The Traveling Show (CreateSpace, 2016) by Alexandra DeMers is an alternative history young adult romance set in post-World War II. The New American Republic controls a large swath of the United States, but a resistance team of subversive patriots  work to overthrow the iron-fisted regime. Our […more…]

Dec 302016
 
Hops the Atlantic: Jittterbug Dress Sequel Now on Sale

  Hops the Atlantic: Now on Sale! Time-out for Hackers I’d hoped to have the sequel to The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress Hops the Atlantic in time for Christmas and let everyone know about it, but just as it was listed on Amazon, my website got hacked. I barely eked out the post for wonderful fellow […more…]

What I Saw and How I Lied: Vintage Book Review

 Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 at 4:09 PM
Nov 082016
 
What I Saw and How I Lied: Vintage Book Review

~ What I Saw and How I Lied: Vintage Book Reviewer ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis In my vintage book review of What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (Scholastic 2010), we follow Evie as she comes of age after World War II and her father returning from war. Murder and intrigue […more…]

Indiana Belle: Vintage Book Reviewer

 Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:54 PM
Sep 212016
 
Indiana Belle: Vintage Book Reviewer

The Synopsis Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt (April 14, 2016) is a time-travel, clean romantic, adventure. When a doctoral student finds a picture of a 1920s  flapper in a packet of primary source data, he becomes fascinated with the young woman and her tragic past. He tracks down time-travel expert, Professor Geoffrey Bell, and convinces Bell to […more…]

Top 10 Picks for Summer Reading ala Vintage Fun

 Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 at 9:03 AM
Aug 072016
 
Top 10 Picks for Summer Reading ala Vintage Fun

Summertime is a time to slow down, let the sun tickle your toes as it slips into twilight. Grab a crisp cocktail, find a hammock or porch swing, and curl up with a fun, fast book. I have ten picks for summer reading ala vintage fun. I read all genres of novels, but in the summertime, […more…]

Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer

 Posted by on May 27, 2016 at 3:22 PM
May 272016
 
Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer

~ Romeo Blue: Vintage Book Reviewer ~ by Tam Francis The Synopsis Romeo Blue (Scholastic, 2013), by Phoebe Stone is the sequel to the Romeo and Juliet Code (although I didn’t know when I bought Romeo Blue, but the book stands on its own, anyway).  In this Young Adult Fiction (ages ten and up), the […more…]

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

 Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 at 3:32 PM
Mar 052016
 
Hemingway Book Club Cocktails with Vintage Flair

Hemingway Book Club Cocktails and More with Vintage Flair by Tam Francis When I first moved to my small Texas town, everyone was plenty friendly in the way that Southerners are, but what I mistook for friendship was mere politeness, and it took me over a year to figure it out. I love to read […more…]